Foundation and Empire

{4.5/5} “Psycho-history… proved itself the most powerful instrument ever invented for the study of humanity. Without pretending to predict the actions of individual humans, it formulated definite laws capable of mathematical analysis and extrapolation to govern and predict the mass action of human groups.”

Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov, published in 1952

The Empire is fading but not yet dead. On behalf of that Empire, Bel Riose wages war on the Foundation. On his ship he has 2 prisoners, Ducem Barr and Lathan Devers, who are pretending to be helpful but hoping to do something to hurt Riose’s plans. Meanwhile, a man who calls himself the Mule comes out of nowhere and builds a power base.

This is the sequel to Foundation. Everyone has thought for centuries that things always go according to Seldon’s plan, but what if something happens that Seldon didn’t account for?

I anticipated the twist, but it’s another terrific story.

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it.

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